A Track-day Primer: Fundamentals of Successful Motorcycling

Your first track day should be an exhilarating experience. Equal measures exquisite pleasure and terrifying panic that combine to create a whole greater than the sum of its parts. However, the successful culmination of this experience is in large part predicated by your actions before you ever get to the track. As in… » 5/21/15 9:00am Thursday 9:00am

Buttonwillow Track Day - December, 2014

There is something special about Buttonwillow Raceway Park. Something that has me hooked, I want more, more seat time, more experience, more opportunities for a hot lap. This track, more than any other, creates a desire within me to go fast. I need to beat myself, every time I go. I need to find a way to make time.… » 5/19/15 11:10am 5/19/15 11:10am

My Thoughts on the BMS Oil Thermostat Bypass

Oil temperature is the Achilles’ Heel of the N54 engine in the road racing arena. Despite the 135i showcasing BMW’s attempt at addressing high oil temps in the original batch of N54 engines as seen in the 2007 and early 2008 335i, the factory oil cooling solution is lacking. As equipped from the factory, the 135i has… » 5/19/15 9:19am 5/19/15 9:19am

Even WI(L)DER: BMW 135i Track Wheel Fitment Test, Round 2

Previously, with some dumb luck, and a bit of (okay, entirely too much time wasted doing) research, I was able to select a track wheel and tire setup for the 135i. It was good. Lap times dropped, and I began to throw down times at autocross that could be considered vaguely competitive, much in the same way that former » 5/19/15 2:26am 5/19/15 2:26am